Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
The Rebel T3i / EOS 600D takes the highly capable T2i / EOS 550D and adds a multi-angle LCD screen, plus a host of beginner-friendly features designed to make it easier for novices to get good results. These include 'Basic +', that offers more user control in the automatic scene modes, a new 'Feature Guide' that gives brief on-screen explanations for camera functions, and an updated fully automatic mode that's now called 'Scene Intelligent Auto'. It also gains the ability to control external flashes wirelessly off-camera, and a very welcome larger, more comfortable handgrip.
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length mult.||1.6×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||570 g (1.26 lb / 20.11 oz)|
|Dimensions||133 x 100 x 80 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.15″)|
The latest model in Canon's popular Rebel series is very much the camera that the range's history leads us to expect: well featured, well-designed and competitively priced. It's a very conventional camera in a part of the market that is seeing some interesting innovations, but the conventional DSLR design still best suits many people's needs, especially when it's done this convincingly.
Good for: Enthusiast shooters looking for some of the latest technology in a well-designed, well-priced package. Movie shooters on a budget.
Not so good for: Upgraders looking for a compact-camera-like user experience. Users for whom small size is paramount (who might want to consider a mirrorless alternative)